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Priscilla Alvarez

Priscilla Alvarez Priscilla Alvarez is a fellow for National Journal. Previously she was a correspondent for USA TODAY College, where she covered a variety of topics with a focus on college students. Her work has also appeared in the Washingtonian and Leesburg Today, a community newspaper in Northern Virginia.Priscilla studied at Virginia Tech, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the student-run, daily newspaper, Collegiate Times.
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Administration Pushes Its Islamic State Strategy on a Skeptical Congress

July 7, 2015 President Obama is placing pressure on Congress to help pursue his plan for the U.S. mission to fight the Islamic State—sending top defense officials to testify before a Senate panel Tuesday to make the administration's case. But lawmakers are still hesitant about the president's strategy. A day after the president...

South Carolina State Senate Votes to Remove the Confederate Flag

July 6, 2015 After a tragic shooting at a Charleston church, the South Carolina state Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag, which some lawmakers say symbolizes the motivationbehind the crime, from the statehouse grounds. Lawmakers voted 37-3 to take down the flag, although a third reading is still needed. Following the shooting...

Interior Is the 'National Geographic' of Instagram

June 22, 2015 Like seemingly everyone else these days, the U.S. Interior Department is on Instagram. At first glance, a federal agency might not seem like one to have a robust presence on the photo-sharing app. But the Interior Department, which manages the country's federal lands, has access to photos posted by employees...

Obama on Charleston: 'I've Had to Make Statements Like This Too Many Times'

June 18, 2015 Once again, President Obama addresses a nation in mourning. Wednesday night, a lone gunman opened fire in a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine. Police are investigating the shooting as a hate crime. The suspect, a 21-year-old white male, has appeared in photographs wearing pro-apartheid paraphernalia. He...

How Many Social-Media Accounts Does It Take to Run for President?

June 12, 2015 Websites are so early 2000s. These days, if you want to broadcast a campaign message, Instagram is the way to go. Engaging voters on social media has become a no-brainer for presidential campaigns. In 2008, the Obama campaign used it with an intensity unseen in politics before, employing 15 different...

White House Responds to Huge Hack of Federal Employee Data

June 5, 2015 Computer hacks that expose the personal information of about four million people are, objectively, pretty bad. The White House knows this, and said Friday that officials are investigating a breach that was revealed this week. The risk to computers posed by hackers, however, is "not news," White House Press Secretary...

Obama Awards Two WWI Vets with Medal of Honor

June 2, 2015 President Obama posthumously awarded two Medals of Honor Tuesday to Pvt. Henry Johnson and Sgt. William Shemin of the Army—nearly a century after the two served in World War I. "Today, America honors two of her sons that served in World War I nearly a century ago," said President Obama...

State Department Removes Cuba From State Sponsors of Terrorism List

May 29, 2015 The United States has officially removed Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, marking another step in the renewal of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. "The rescission of Cuba's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism reflects our assessment that Cuba meets the statutory criteria for...

Obama Announces New Initiative to Help Young Minorities, As Police Deploy in Baltimore

May 5, 2015 On Monday, President Obama introduced a spinoff of his My Brother's Keeper initiative in hopes of reducing the racial gap in the U.S. economy amid recent turmoil in Baltimore, while in a cable-news splitscreen, police in the city responded in force to an alleged handgun violation. "That sense of unfairness...

Obama: Baltimore Rioters 'Need to Be Treated as Criminals'

April 28, 2015 President Obama on Tuesday afternoon condemned the violence and looting in Baltimore after the funeral of a 25-year-old black man, who died this month after an encounter with city police officers. In a lengthy, six-part answer to a reporter's query, Obama said looters are hurting businesses and opportunities in their...